5 Benefits of Regular Exercise

5 Benefits of Regular Exercise Massac Memorial Hospital

Exercise is a critical part of everyone’s daily routine but it’s something that often gets overlooked. With busy work days and family responsibilities, working out is the thing that gets neglected.

But there are countless benefits to regular exercise for your mind, body, spirit and overall health. Regardless of your age, gender or physical abilities you can add a little or a lot of daily exercise to improve your quality of life. Here are 5 ways exercise can help benefit your life!

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Essential Tips to Have a Healthy Summer


With the kids out of school and everyone with a more flexible schedule, summer is a great time to focus on improving your health.

Get started with these simple tips and tricks for changes to your diet, fitness routine, health, stress level and more! The most important thing to staying healthy is to take time to relax and breathe daily and remember to enjoy time with family and friends.

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Sun Safety: Secrets to Choosing & Using Sunscreen

Sun Safety: Secrets to Choosing & Using Sunscreen Massac Memorial Hospital

Though getting out and being active in the great outdoors is certainly a healthy, worthwhile pursuit, preventing the sun’s harmful rays from wreaking havoc on your skin in the process is just as important. Aside from limiting your outdoor activities to those that can be done safely in the shade, sunscreen is your best defense. Here’s the 411 on the magical potion that is suntan lotion: Read more

Stay Healthy at Work: Get Up, Get Out, & WALK

Stay Healthy at Work: Get Up, Get Out, & WALK Massac Memorial Hospital

How can I stay active and healthy at work when my job requires that I sit in front of a computer all day, every day?

It’s a challenge that many of us face, and too few of us have conquered. When the default in your work environment is to maximize time spent sitting at your desk and minimize time spent up and away from your work, it can feel nearly impossible to battle the health issues that come with inactivity.

Besides ditching your desk job for one requiring physical labor (which, of course, isn’t really an option for many), one of the best things you can do to improve your health at the office is to work WALKING into your workday. How, you ask? Here are some suggestions to get you started: Read more

The Health Benefits of Humor: A Life of Laughter is Worth the Wrinkles


The Health Benefits of Humor: A Life of Laughter is Worth the Wrinkles Massac Memorial Hospital

Poet E. E. Cummings was onto something when he said:

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings.

Research has proved time and time again the health benefits of humor. Laughter is good, not only for the soul, but also for the body. It really is one of the best and most holistic medicines around! Not to mention that it’s fun, fat-free, and doesn’t cost a penny.

Just in time for the stress of taxes, allergies, and rainy April days, we’re celebrating the fact that April, National Humor Month, is also a time for laughter. Take a break, find out just how healthy laughter can be, and then have a laugh yourself! Read more

Get Better Sleep for a Happier & Healthier You

Get Better Sleep for a Happier & Healthier You Massac Memorial Hospital

When your alarm woke you up this morning, were you ready for it? If not, you are far from alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 30 percent of Americans are all too familiar with the groggy foggy sluggishness of sleep deprivation, running on less than six hours of sleep on any given day.

The importance of getting better sleep (and more of it!) extends far beyond the desire to increase your productivity and general happiness. It’s essential for your health. Even if you’re able to push through that zombie-like state with the help of a routine caffeine fix, sleep deprivation can still take its toll on your body. Consistently insufficient sleep has been linked to increased risk for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, just to name a few.

Although you can’t always control the factors that may be interfering with your sleep, you can adopt healthy habits and try tricks that encourage and allow for quality sleep. For the best results, listen to the rules of the experts, but bend them. Make them work for YOU Read more